sports performance

Stress Test

Stress Test

The stress test is an examination to determine the modalities of sports training. It can be performed on a treadmill or bicycle. It is reserved for amateur athletes who wish to benefit from personalized, specialized follow-up to improve their physical condition and achieve their sporting goals.

This test simulates daily activities or physical stress to observe heart and lung responses. Parameters monitored include heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygenation and cardiac electrical activity (ECG).

Who is a stress test for?

Stress test is recommended for various patient groups for different reasons:

  1. Professional or amateur athletes: Athletes can undergo an exercise test to assess their physical condition, identify their exercise thresholds and improve their performance.
  2. Patients with cardiovascular symptoms: Individuals suffering from chest pain, unexplained shortness of breath, palpitations or other cardiac symptoms may be referred for an exercise test to assess the health of their heart.
  3. Patients with chronic diseases: People with conditions such as diabetes, obesity or lung disease may benefit from an exercise test to assess their exercise capacity and design a suitable physical activity program.
  4. Follow-up of cardiac patients: For people who have had heart problems, a periodic exercise test can be prescribed to monitor their condition, assess the effectiveness of treatment and adjust medication if necessary.

How does a stress test work?

Stress testing is generally carried out in a specialized laboratory or hospital environment under the supervision of qualified medical personnel, such as a cardiologist or exercise physiologist.

For this purpose, CMC328 has these specialists on hand to take care of patients throughout the entire procedure, which consists of :

  • Preparing the patient for the test;
  • Install sensors on the patient’s chest to record the heart’s electrical activity via an electrocardiogram (ECG);
  • Place the patient on the treadmill or stationary bike and gradually increase physical effort; Monitor parameters carefully throughout the test;
  • End the test when the specialist feels that he or she has obtained the data needed to make a precise diagnosis, or when the patient reaches his or her physiological limits or presents abnormal symptoms.


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